Standards - FFSC
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    Connecting the Candidates and Industry
    Connecting the Candidates and Industry


The conceptualization of the word Standards varies according to the context in which it is used. For example, when purchasing a shirt that comes in various styles, the term 'standard fit' might be used to refer to the size that most individuals commonly use. In educational contexts, it can be heard that educational standards are rising, and what is implied is that educational attainment or achievement is rising. Standards are mostly referred to as some benchmarking criteria/ minimum standard of attainment below which performances wouldn't be acceptable. In the Skill ecosystem, by Standards, we specify the professional tasks and activities an individual must achieve when carrying out a function in the workplace, together with the knowledge and understanding they need to meet a standard performance consistently.

of Standards

There is commonly a need to describe requirements for the productive, effective, and safe (broadly Competent) performance in a specific workplace. These requirements or standards are called occupational or professional only because they describe the occupational, professional or job-related behaviour. The term "occupational" should not be interpreted as if it refers solely to an "occupation". Compliance with the "occupational standards" may be a condition for being employed in a particular job/industry or for being awarded a qualification or a licence for practising an occupation. For defining requirements for competent workplace behaviour, some countries use the term "occupational standards", and others use the term "competency standards". Some countries use both terms. There are various benefits of developing occupational standards because they may have many uses.

Some of the ways of utilizing standards involve:

  • Identification of competency gaps with employees and developing in-company upgrading programmes to improve competitiveness and productivity
  • Producing job descriptions for staff recruitment and career planning
  • Recognition of competencies acquired on-job and of qualifications acquired
  • Transferring technologies requiring complex competencies of workers which need to be described and applied in details
  • Organizational review of work processes to reduce overlap of functions, etc.

Occupational standards are also utilized in VET, notably, to develop standards-based curriculum and skills assessment, instruments for the development of training modules, trainers and assessors criteria etc.

Need of Standards

India is the fastest-growing economy globally and is expected to have 104.62 million fresh entrants in the labour market by 2022. However, a report by Labour Bureau suggests that the present skilled workforce in India is only 23 percent, much lower than the developing nations like Korea (96%), Japan (80%), Germany (75%) and the UK (68%). Is this because India simply lacks skilled manpower, or is it because we have simply not been able to count the number of skilled manpower we have as well as the other countries have? The lack of common definitions and classifications, one of the most important applications of Occupational Standards, could be a major reason.

Benefits of Standards

Benefits to Industry

  • Post-training assessment of NOSs that can offer a government authorized
  • Certificate to the learner at the end of the training
  • Post a job vacancy using the standard QPs or a module QP utilizing a combination of NOS
  • Leverage existing training material and assessment to evaluate job applicants
  • Avail government incentives to mitigate the cost of training if the assessments are NOS aligned
  • Standards enable efficiency improvements and cost savings across all company divisions
  • Evaluate job applicants using NOS-aligned criteria

Benefits to Candidates

  • Enhance an individual's employability to adapt to changing technologies and labour market demands.
  • Recognize skills and competencies required for the intended job role.
  • Improve productivity and efficiency at the workplace.
  • Enhance the knowledge, skills, and performance levels that candidates need to be successful in the workplace.
  • Develop practical skills to perform a job.
  • Become more competitive and apply vital job-related competencies.
  • Develop capable and efficient resources for the nation.
  • Understand the career pathways and the attributes needed to take on a particular occupation in the sector.
  • Identify skills gaps in your current or next job role.
  • Understand the skills and competencies required for the job role and identify relevant training programs to help you become qualified personnel.
  • Understand career pathways.
  • Understand skills and competencies required.
  • Identify training programs to upgrade and deepen skills.

Scope of Standards

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